Danube 75 Cocktail
1 ½ ounce gin
1 ounce apricot juice or nectar
1 ounce apricot schnapps
One glazed dried apricot half (recipe below)
½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 to 3 ounces Champagne or sparkling wine
In a shaker, combine the ice, gin, apricot juice, apricot schnapps and lemon juice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
Place a Glazed Dried Apricot halve in the bottom of a chilled Champagne flute and strain the drink into the glass. Top with sparkling wine.
GLAZED DRIED APRICOTS
2 ½ cups water
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¾ pound dried apricots, halved
In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes.
Reduce the heat to low, add the apricots and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the apricots sit, uncovered, to plump and soften.